Cranberry Oatmeal Bars – Healthy Recipe Makeover

I try to live a healthy lifestyle and also bring my children up the same way.  Many parents would like to cook meals that are healthier for their families but either don’t know where to begin or are skeptical of whether the food with actually taste good.  I’m here to tell you it’s possible.

Every weekend I’m going to prepare a new meal that is a healthier version than your typical recipe.  I do plan to try some of those tasty kid-friendly recipes that disguise fruits and veggies.  Every Monday I will share my experience with you.  

You CAN eat many of your favorite recipes and still be Eating Healthy.  All it’s takes is a little tweeking and VIOLE…it’s a Healthy Recipe Makeover.

A Fantastic “healthier dessert” for the upcoming Holidays. 
No one will ever know the difference!
Cranberry Oatmeal Bars


  • Crust:
  • 4 1/2 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • Cooking spray
  • Filling:
  • 1 1/3 cups dried cranberries (about 6 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup light sour cream or (a better alternative, I use plain yogurt)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • large egg white, lightly beaten


  • 1. Preheat oven to 325°.
  • 2. To prepare crust, weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (through cinnamon) in a medium bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Drizzle butter and juice over flour mixture, stirring until moistened (mixture will be crumbly). Reserve 1/2 cup oat mixture. Press remaining oat mixture into the bottom of an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  • 3. To prepare filling, combine cranberries, sour cream, granulated sugar, and remaining ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring well. Spread cranberry mixture over prepared crust; sprinkle reserved oat mixture evenly over filling. Bake at 325° for 40 minutes or until edges are golden. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

  • Nutritional Info:
  • Calories – 135
  •  Fat – 4.6g
  • *I typically use my own picture but my camera will not upload my pictures right now.  This pic is from Cooking Light.
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